With much of America currently engrossed in season 3 of what has repeatedly been called the ‘Aussie Downton Abbey’, the good news on the telly front is that the 4th season of A Place to Call Home premiered last night on Foxtel in Australia. Without divulging too much from a storyline standpoint, season 4 picks up where season 3 ends with the residents of Ash Park and the town of Inverness affected by two contrasting social issues in 1954.
The first is the conservative wave of fear generated by the Reds Under the Beds scare surrounding The Petrov Affair. The second is the wave of liberal change that opened up new social and moral choices of Australians at the time. Taking a page out of the highly successful BBC1 Call the Midwife playbook, there’s definitely a history lesson or two buried deep inside the roller coaster world of the Bligh family.
Series 4 sees the return of Marta Dusseldorp (Sarah), Brett Climo (George), Abby Earl (Anna), Craig Hall (Jack), David Berry (James), Sara Wiseman (Carolyn), Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood (Olivia), Aldo Mignone (Gino) and, thankfully, the greatness of Noni Hazlehurst as Elizabeth Bligh, the matriarch of the Bligh family.
Fans of the series will hardly be surprised when Jenni Baird takes her character, Regina, to the next level in season 4 continuing her cold, bitter and scheming ways to weave another tendril around George raising the tension level at Ash Park to epic proportions.
It’s “A Season of Change” for A Place to Call Home in season 4…
Never satisfied with the ‘good and happy’ place Regina finds herself in, she and Sarah are on a path that can’t help but not end well for someone, George is in full-campaign mode, James finds challenges everywhere he turns, Olivia confesses, Carolyn’s fragile state becomes challenging for Jack, who begins to embrace live and love in a whole new way, while Anna continues to grow in her relationship with Gino.
Not to worry, Doris Collins (Deborah Kennedy) continues to be as busy and involved as humanly possible in season 4! A Place to Call Home continues through November 27 on Foxtel in Australia. Hopefully, a public television broadcast is not too far behind!